Job Title
Engineer - Power Electronics
Ref #
Date posted
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
United Kingdom
Business area
Powertrain Hybrid
Position level
G - Qualified Senior
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

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Purpose of Role

To design, engineer & deliver, from concept to series-development, Power Electronic (PE) components ensuring they fulfil all the programme requirements (cost, timing, performance / function / attributes). Power electronics in EDT includes Motor Control Units (or Inverters), DC/DC converters, Chargers and associated high voltage safety systems

Key Responsibilities:

  • Requirements and validation of the eMotor inverter
  • Requirements and validation of the DC/DC converter
  • Software requirements for the Motor controller, DC/DC Converter and Charger.
  • Interface to Battery systems and other HV components.
  • Interface to the overall vehicle control system
  • Detailed Power Electronics knowledge and experience  – includes attribute delivery/support, managing design releases, specifications, DVPs, DFMEAs, Engineering Quality Methodologies
  • Ownership and delivery
  • PE assembly planning and allocation
  • PE simulation (where required)
  • PE Supplier management
  • Design-focussed vehicle level meetings for PE integration

Principal Accountabilities

·       Guarantee PE integration and delivery to all vehicle projects– to specification, on time and on budget.

·       Understands and supports the package constraints for the PE units.  Working with PE suppliers, Concept teams & DMU to ensure PE components and systems meet technical and package targets and to deliver detailed designs on time to predetermined quality, cost and weight targets, within DFM requirements.

·       Ensure design solutions deliver systems that meet attribute targets in NVH, thermal, durability, visibility & performance related attributes (power, emissions, and response).

·       Working with Supply Chain Management to ensure delivery of the PE on schedule for all phases of prototype, pilot, pre-production and production build.

·       Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews.

·       Provide support on PE technical risk management to ensure project delivery, optimised vehicle performance and delivery of hybrid system attributes.

·       Guarantee PE ownership and delivery to the specific vehicle programme requirements including:

o   Component Specification which specifies integration requirements for PE units.

o   Support Hybrid System FMEA, System DVP, Support Vehicle / Hybrid System level test specifications

o   PE planning, timing & delivery including design, release, ECR/ECN in line with ETRS requirements, development and validation plans

o   PE BOM management & tracking

o   Robust concerns resolution

o   Delivery of PE for all projects in line with MDP (McLaren Development Process) and ensuring that Project Management KPIs are on track     

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·       A good level of technical knowledge & experience of EDT design, test & production delivery

·       Experience in Mechanical PE design, packaging & release desirable

·       Good CATIA V5 2D/3D skills with GD&T application experience desirable

·       Support calibration of PE components

·       Design / integration of electrical / electronic hardware, including circuit layout, schematics, etc. desirable

·       Good knowledge of High Voltage connection topologies and safety standards.

·       Experience and leadership of testing with HiL (Hardware in the Loop) and Rig systems to prove integration quality desirable

·       Good understanding of Inverters, DC/DC converters, Chargers and Charging Standards, etc.

  • Electrical component and circuit simulation using Saber, PSpice, Sim-Electronics, or similar desirable
  • Design and analysis for electromagnetic emissions standards, ideally in an automotive application.
  • Familiar with embedded controller communication protocols (CAN, LIN etc.)

·       PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.                                                                    

·       Experienced in OEM or tier one component delivery (product development lifecycle)

Personal Attributes

·       Technical expert in high performance PE engineering

·       Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills.

·       1-2 years automotive design and development experience

·     Good systems design and development knowledge

·       Experience in component release management and problem solving.

·      An ability to deliver under pressure with an appetite for measured success.

·       A passion for high performance EDT engineering.

·       Collaborative working with ESS (Energy Storage Systems), HCS (Hybrid Control Systems) teams to deliver world class Hybrid Systems.

·       A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self motivation to deliver excellence.

·       Ambitious and self reliant - intrinsically self motivated.

·       Well organised and delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery.

·     Capable of representing a world class automotive brand